I was watching a cooking programme the other night, when the presenter whipped out a spiralizer. Well, I was captivated by this marvellous piece of kitchen gadgetry. Apparently, I am somewhat behind the rest of the nation, as I’d never heard of it before!
A quick look on the web and I discovered that the price range varies from £9.99 for a hand held one up to £89 for a top of the range spiralizer. I gather from my research that you can be left with quite a bit of the vegetable core with the cheaper versions.
A spiralizer pushes the vegetable of your choice through a series of sharp blades via the turning of a handle delivering vegetable noodles. I’m guessing that cauliflower or broccoli might not work so well!
To date, the only vegetable that I noodlify (made that up) is cabbage, which is a great substitute for pasta when stir fried with onion and peppers.
This does seem to be a fabulous way of getting in your 5 a day or aiding in a weight loss programme. The question is, do I need one? The answer is no, not really. Would I like one? Oh, yes indeedy, I surely would. But I do wonder if, like so many other gadgets, it will gravitate towards the back of a cupboard once the novelty has worn off.
I wondered if any of you Batties have one and if so, is it hidden in the back of a cupboard?
A little more research revealed that you can buy a nifty little gadget called a Julienne Peeler. Granted it takes a bit more effort (effort equals burning calories, so could be a plus) and you might need a supply of plasters for any accidents! But at a mere £3.55 from Lakeland, it might be worth considering!
Then again, do I really want to replace delicious pasta with a vegetable? I always hide chopped courgettes and carrot in my bolognaise sauce anyway and serve a side of broccoli, so perhaps not.
Phew, all that research just to decide not to get one!!!